The Upper Kenai River is a very popular rafting destination for private boaters and guided raft trip participants. Within the available 17 river miles between Kenai and Skilak Lakes, rafters may choose to stay on the relatively mild section above Jim’s Landing where there are some swift sections, but generally the river is no more than Class II. Below Jim’s Landing, though, some challenging and fun Class III white water exits in the Kenai River Canyon. This section of the river requires some planning: once at Skilak Lake, rafters must either boat the seven miles to the take out point at Upper Skilak Lake Campground, or deflate their rafts and pack them up the Hidden Creek Trail to the Skilak Lake Loop Road, a distance of 2 miles, uphill. Rafters should always wear their personal floatation devices on this river due to the fast and cold waters.
For an adrenaline packed adventure, head to Sixmile Creek for a world-class guided rafting experience. Careen through the Class III-IV rapids of the upper canyons before dropping into the exhilarating Class V rapids in the lower canyon. With the stunning scenery, tight canyon walls and steep drops, Sixmile Creek is considered one of American’s top whitewater rafting destinations, but should only attempted by expert rafters or on a guided trip with a reputable rafting company.